This work in suicide prevention makes me so angry.

Yesterday we posted about the birth of the tomorrow project and the loss of life that led to our work being in existence. I wrote about the tragedy of suicide and the pain that I have seen amongst families and communities that have been deeply and devastatingly affected by suicide.

Did you know that those affected by suicide are 80% more likely to go on to attempt to take their own life too? Neither did I, when I started this work. And yet now, day in day out our service takes referral after referral from those who are thinking about taking their life, and those bereaved by suicide.

Me and my team listen to the stories of struggle. We hear stories of pain. We hear stories too often of people who have tried and tried to get help but there is none until they walk through our door.

And here we are, with the government referring to us as a model of best practice, with our local services referring people to us to the point that our service is drowning in referrals, with people screaming out for help. Yet we are still without funding.

It makes me so angry – this post is not about funding, it is about the lack of resources that are being allocated to distress. It is about the fact that by virtue of the fact that we struggle to stay afloat, we know, without fail, that there is a crisis of funding that threatens to take us away from the people that need us the most.

As the CEO of a service, I want to spend my time doing a good job for the people that need me; I don’t want to be fighting the nonsense that prevails in this world. People are dying and I can’t get enough people to care to keep our service afloat.

I don’t want to ask for donations and funding support, but I have to. I just have to, because without it, without us raising another 30k by the spring, some services will be threatened.

This work makes me so cross, because the economic cost of one death by suicide is 1.7 million, and my service runs on peanuts in comparison. Do the math. Save a life, save money… if that’s the only thing people will listen to then that is the line that I will take and if the meantime you’ve got a quid in your pocket and you can do without an extra costs, chuck it our way? Or short of that, if you feel like doing something ridiculous like shaving your head, or throwing yourself out of a plane for us, or you know a rich millionaire… give them a nudge because we need a bit of help.

Rant over. A disgruntled CEO.

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The Old, the Good and the New

2017 has been a busy year for the training operating arm of Harmless. It has also been a year for great change.

I would like to start the new year by thanking all of those who we have worked with over the past year. In particular I would like to thank Nottingham City Council for the amazing partnership we had in providing the citizens of Nottingham with FREE training in line with the Mental health Crisis Care Concordat.

I would also like to thank Martyn Swaby & Naomi Watkins for their support, helping to make training sessions fuller and more accessible by providing suitable venues for us to deliver training in throughout the year.

We have also started a new partnership with Kirklees City Council delivering Mental Health First Aid courses which will continue this year.

Having worked as a Specialist Trainer, it was earlier this year that the torch was passed on and I took on the role as Training Team Leader, with our dear Sophie Allen departing to pastures new. Further to this, we also excitingly welcomed Claire fully into the Harmless family as she became our full time Specialist Trainer. As well as Claire we have also welcomed into the fold, Val, Caron, Kayleigh and Wendy all amazingly talented trainers.

However, this was not to be the only change for Let’s Talk Training. As many of you will now be aware Harmless has moved to its own building. This provided many new opportunities for us including some extra space for training sessions as well as our own office to spread into.

Some of my personal favourite moments last year included celebrating Harmless’ 10-year anniversary, getting to meet Professor Rory O’Connor at our annual conference and continuing to meet so many amazing people.

Lots of people I speak with always tell me they don’t know how I could be a Trainer because it’s scary and you have to know everything but my most favourite thing about being a Trainer isn’t the facilitating it’s getting the opportunity to meet so many hard working and inspiring individuals who want to save lives and make a difference.

In 2017, we delivered approximately 80 courses that’s over 5,000 people trained. As a result, our training reached over 30,000 individuals. To see these stats inspires hope and I know we can only continue to grow and build on these successes.

With 2018 already begun I am eager to get stuck in and see what another year brings. I shall leave you with a small taste for some of the exciting things we have install so far this year….

7th&8th February Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)- Lincoln

1st March From Harm to Hope, Self harm Conference- Nottingham

20th March Level 2 Self harm and working with Self harm- Nottingham

10th & 11th April Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Nottingham

To book places or for more details please visit Eventbrite (search term Harmless), call us on 0115 880 0281 or email us on training@harmless.org.uk

 

Form Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Alex Parkin

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Alex has 4 years’ experience working previously in nurseries and schools within Lincoln, having developed a passion for working with children with Special Educational Needs, Alex knew this is where she wanted to work. Alex has worked in children’s and adult’s residential settings for two years, providing daily support to them in a home from home setting.

Alex recently returned to education and completed her BSc Hons Degree in Health and Social care at Lincoln University, during her time at Lincoln University Alex started volunteering for local organisations within the care sector. Where she met Naomi Watkins, Alex worked alongside Naomi for over a year teaching Domestic Abuse workshops to young people and teachers. As well as providing nurture groups for young children within schools.

Alex found her passion working with children and young people, whilst supporting them with various topics. Alex began by providing one to one support work with young people, since then Alex has developed a passion to run support groups for young people in Domestic Abuse relationships and for Young Parents.

Since graduating in May 2017, Alex became the Co-founder of NWCH CIC alongside Naomi, a new and unique counselling hub in Lincoln, set up to support and help people within the local community following Alex’s passion.

Alex is also a mum to young children and loves spending time with them visiting new places. Alex can be found reading books and taking long mindful walks with her dog in the local park.

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‘Brew’ Monday

We have taken inspiration from Samaritans who are calling for blue Monday to now be ‘brew Monday’!

Blue Monday is said to be ‘the most difficult day of the year’ so let’s come together and change that. Meet a friend for a brew, in town or even at home. And let’s spend this Monday surrounded by people we care about and people who make us smile!

A cup of tea at the right time may be all it takes in saving a life. So pop the kettle on!!

From Harm to Hope

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

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Self harm conference

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

Speakers Include:

Professor Louis Appleby

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Mental Health Today

Pam Burrows

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin

Marie Armstrong

Sarah Fairbank

Gloucestershire Public Health

COME ONE, COME ALL

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A LUSH weekend ahead…

We are very excited to be working alongside Lush Nottingham and will be in store this weekend for a charity pot event! We were first supported by the wonderful Lush team last year with an amazing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek workshop and they have been supporting us since!

Monday 15th of January is known as ‘Blue Monday’, a day considered the most difficult one of the year. So why not pop down to Lush and purchase our charity pot for lots of self-care? Not only will you be looking after you (very important!) but you’ll also be supporting our life-saving work.

Be sure to put some time aside on Monday to really look after yourself. Here are some of our favourite self-care activities:
– Bubble bath
– Lush bath and body cream!
– Hot chocolate with cream
– Start a new series
– Watch your favourite movie
– Meet friends for tea and cake
– Get creative!

We hope to see you in Lush tomorrow and Sunday!

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Community champions

Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.

Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it.

Could you be a community champion? 

Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 

Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events?

Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.

Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk

From Harm to Hope

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

JOIN US

Self harm conference

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

 

Speakers Include:

Professor Louis Appleby

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Mental Health Today

Pam Burrows

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin

Marie Armstrong

Sarah Fairbank

Gloucestershire Public Health

COME ONE, COME ALL

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Understanding self-harm – the Card Sort Task

The University of Nottingham self harm research group are hosting a study to learn more about self-harm and what helps individuals to stop self-harming or self-harm less.

Please click HERE to take part.

What is this study about?
We want to learn more about self-harm. Why do some people start to self-harm? Why do they keep self-harming? What helps them to stop self-harming or self-harm less?

We are interested in including people aged 18 years old and over.

 

If you decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you do choose to take part in the study you can stop at any time. You don’t need to tell us why.

What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to indicate on a scale (that looks like a thermometer) how you feel at the start and the end of the study.
You will then be asked some questions about your age, gender, when you first self-harmed, when you last self-harmed, how often you have self-harmed and your method of self harm.
You will then be asked to sort some cards which describe thoughts, feelings, behaviours and events which were important leading up to self-harm. You will be asked to do this card sort task for the first time you ever self-harmed and for the most recent time you have self-harmed.

How long will the study take?

The study will take around 20 minutes to complete but it varies between people.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

The CaTS covers personal issues and feelings. You may find some cards upsetting. If this happens, you can take a break and restart when you are ready. You may stop the study at any point without having to give a reason why.

If you become distressed there are contact details on each page of the study for you to use if you need including the Samaritans and Harmless, a charity that helps those who struggle with self-harm. There will also be a researcher’s email if you have any questions about the study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise the study will help you but the information we get from this study may help others in the future. Many people enjoy taking part in research.

What if there is a problem?

If you have concerns about this research at any time you can:

  • Speak to the researchers via Ellen.Townsend@nottingham.ac.uk
  • If you have any complaints about the study, you can contact the Chair of the School of Psychology Ethics Committee, telephone (0115) 8466020 Professor Stephen Jackson via email stephen.jackson@nottingham.ac.uk or post School of Psychology, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
  • If you are still unhappy, you can contact the Head of School, Professor Paul McGraw via email paul.mcgraw@nottingham.ac.uk, telephone 0115 9515295 or post School of Psychology, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
Will taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. All information which is collected about you during the research will be kept strictly confidential (private).

All information which is collected about you will be stored in a secure and locked office, and on a password protected computer database. The data will be stored at the University of Nottingham for 7 years after the end of the study, and it will then be destroyed securely.

If you complete this electronic version of the card sort which is maintained online, as an online participant in this research, we are obliged to make you aware that there is always a potential risk of intrusion by outside agents, for example through hacking, and therefore the possibility of being identified.

You should be aware that participation in the study will not affect any clinical treatments that you are currently having or are due to undergo and we are not clinicians.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

You can decide to stop taking part at any time before or during the study. You don’t need to give a reason and your legal or medical rights will not be affected. If you withdraw then the information collected so far cannot be erased. This information may still be used in the project analysis.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

We may publish the results in a scientific journal and present them at scientific meetings. This may not happen until sometime after the research has finished. Anonymized data will be made available for secondary data analysis. Your details will remain strictly confidential.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is being organised by the University of Nottingham.

Who has reviewed the study?

All research is looked at by independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the Research Ethics Committee.

Further information and contact details

For further information please contact the chief investigator, Professor Ellen Townsend, can also be contacted by telephone (0115 846 7305) or email (ellen.townsend@nottingham.ac.uk).

Please click HERE to take part.

Introducing Pam Burrows

Pam Burrows has been speaking professionally for over 25 years in the public sector, third sector and in the commercial world. Previously delivering business skills workshops globally to blue chip companies, for the last 17 years she has focused closer to home on the value of boosting the confidence, energy and positivity of people.

In 2015 Pam won a European OSHA award with Nottingham City Homes for reducing stress in the workplace and also became a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.

Pam is a qualified Nursery Nurse, Social Worker and Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She appears regularly on TV and BBC Radio and has produced 2 short films on social issues.

Pam says that she is taking far too long to write a book and to fill the gap has recently produced an Android and iOS app with free confidence boosting resources. Pam wears a tutu when the mood takes her, gives up sugar and takes it up again on a regular basis and quite likes hugging trees when no-one’s looking.

We are incredibly excited for Pam to be joining us on the 1st March 2018 for her workshop: An introduction to the C.A.R.E. model for a developing a sustainable wellbeing culture in your organisation.

If you would like to book tickets to the conference, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk or call us on 0115 934 8445.

 

Or…  tickets via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-harm-to-hope-self-harm-conference-tickets-38725331509